Unfortunately, there are many issues that need the attention in the Stamford Public Schools but with a clear view of the issues they have the same solutions. We need to move forward together. To help improve the school climate and offer a better, healthy and safe environment to our students and support our educators. We have always had a focus on teaching, but it is the learning that matters the most in order to have a safe and supportive school climate. Social emotional learning is needed more than ever. When educator are able to alleviate and manage stress, students are more likely to learn deeply and avoid negative behaviors and achieve successful outcomes with long-term effects. I want to ensure that our educational system is the doorway to opportunities for all. And insure the return of our investment in our Public Schools.
One of our district’s great strength in the Stamford Public Schools are delivering services to our special needs population. The delivery of our Individual Education Programs (IEP) and the constant relationship with our parents to support our children success has been superior in a district our size in the entire state of Connecticut. However, these services come with a premium. Many of these services are out of districts and mandated. Unfortunately, it is a challenge to forecast these costs for the future special education budget. I believe the board member should work jointly with the administration on auditing these services yearly to become be an effective procurer of out of district mandates and possibly review the options of retaining some of these services in the district.
I believe that the Board of Education has the responsibility to create a frequent and transparent relationship with the Board of Representatives and the Board of Finance. In my opinion, the district is responsible for 22 facilities and it is imperative to create solid communication with both boards regarding capital needs and maintenance when developing prioritized lists of repairs. Furthermore, I believe all boards appreciate the opportunity to understand the cost surround the mandated costs concerning the special education budget. Both areas in all school districts are major drivers on the entire budget for all cities. As a taxpayer I feel when more information is provided the better understanding I will have when receiving my tax bill.